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Posted: 08/09/12 11:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Using screening from OSH Hardware (6 ft @$1/foot = $6), here's the results for front door bug screens for our Sprinter.



On 3 of the sides I used 3/4" ceramic magnets, 4 per side. On the 4th side, which has rubber over the window frame and not direct contact with the metal, I used larger 1" magnets. If I was doing it again, I'd probably use the rectangular magnets over the rubber, instead of the 1" round. The magnets cost about $8. Total cost: only about $15 for a pair of screens!

The magnets are held in place by folding the screen under 1 1/2 inches to make a tube, then sewing along the edge. The magnets hold it really well on 3 sides. The rubber edge seems adequate, but not much more. I'll trade out for large magnets on the 4th side if necessary. Now for a bug test to see if it's bug-tight!

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Posted: 08/12/12 11:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the ideas.

I am considering options for solving the same problem.

Right now, I am thinking of a flexible rubber frame and velcro.. but the magnets really look good...

If I can get a tube like flexible magnet, I would go your route.

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They do make magnetic strip you can cut to length and sew into the entire edge of a screen. It comes on 10' and 25' rolls either a half or inch wide. It's flexible, can be rolled up when storing the screen, and won't harm the paint. Amazon sells it by the roll. Costs $11-$12 per roll. I'm planning on using it for my side windows.

AS for screen, I would go with the nylon they have now thats dog and cat proof. I replaced our sliding door screen 4 years ago with it and the cats climb up it and don't leave a single mark or rip. It's also flexible and can be rolled up.


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OldRadios wrote:

They do make magnetic strip you can cut to length and sew into the entire edge of a screen. It comes on 10' and 25' rolls either a half or inch wide. It's flexible, can be rolled up when storing the screen, and won't harm the paint. Amazon sells it by the roll. Costs $11-$12 per roll. I'm planning on using it for my side windows.

AS for screen, I would go with the nylon they have now thats dog and cat proof. I replaced our sliding door screen 4 years ago with it and the cats climb up it and don't leave a single mark or rip. It's also flexible and can be rolled up.

I purchased no-seeum screen for our front side windows. I used the magnetic strip 1/2 inch,but instead of sewing I folded it around the screen and used gorilla glue to attach to the screen. It does a great job of protecting from the no-seeums and mosquitos. I did the same thing on our back door opening. Very happy with the results


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Posted: 08/14/12 06:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a commercial set from Bug Barrier of Medina, OH, but they no longer make them. One firm that does is at skreenz.com, but I don't think they're as nice as Bug Barriers.

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I purchased no-seeum screen for our front side windows. I used the magnetic strip 1/2 inch,but instead of sewing I folded it around the screen and used gorilla glue to attach to the screen. It does a great job of protecting from the no-seeums and mosquitos. I did the same thing on our back door opening. Very happy with the results


How did you do the backdoor screen? Is it open down the middle?

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The back door screen I did as a one piece all around the opening. It is easy to just lift the bottom and sides to have access. I get eaten alive by no-seeums and this enables me to leave windows open when weather permits. I don't leave the side screens on when the van is moving as the magnets are not strong enough to hold in place.

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You can buy screening material from box hardware stores. Used for windows and doors. Buy strong magnets. I bought 1x2" with a plastic cover. I used duck tape around the edges of the screens to prevent fraying. I preferred this set up because you can easily fold the screens to store. With the magnetic strip, it's harder to fold or roll.


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